I have found a growing tendency in myself toward an anti-muslim attitude. When I walk into the quick mart gas and grocery and find a young woman behind the counter wearing a hijab, I have an automatic negative feeling and I don't like that anymoe than I would like to feel uncomfortable to know the young woman was a Methodist. I was raised in a household that accepted all cultures, faiths, colors and nationalities and I tried to raise my own child in the same way. Now, in the end zone, I find myself reacting in a way that surprises me. I have wondered how much I have been influenced by the patently negative attitude that pervades the internet. Have I changed because of facts and my own knowledge of those facts or because that is the attitude that surrounds me at every turn and I have allowed myself to climb under the same umbrella without too much thought. I have always seen myself as one who prefers to carve her own path and make her own decisions so the possibility of the later is unpleasant to me. For the past few months, I have been doing my best to suspend my knee-jerk reponses and do a little more investigation. What I have found: "Islam" - the word Islam comes from and Arabic term for “losing oneself” “submitting” or “surrendering” to the will (of Mohammed) Christianity asks us to submit or surrender to the will of God - not much difference here "Allah" - "Having lost his father, the posthumous orphan Mohammed wanted to perpetuate his father’s memory. His father’s name Abdallah was conjugated from Abd-Allah which translates as “Slave of Allah”. This is the reason why Mohammed chose Allah among the many pre-Islamic Arab deities to be the only deity to be worshipped by the Muslims! Not many historians have discerned this fact why it was allah who became the centerpiece of Islam and not any other pre-Islamic Arab male deity like Bēl, Bēl-Šamīn, Abgal, Aglibol, Wadd, and Yaghūth (the last two are in fact referred to in the Qur'an (71:23) as gods of the era of the Prophet Noah). Even Baal (alternatively known as Hubal) who in fact was the most important deity in pre-Islamic Mecca, found no place in Islam. Only Allah survived in Mohammed’s Islam. So Allah did not choose Mohammed, it was the other way round. Mohammed chose Allah! Allah was chosen by Mohammed as his father was named after allah! Some historians identify Hubal and allah to be the same deity. But, to the best of our knowledge, no historians have discerned this fact why it was allah who became the centerpiece of Islam." (1) Mohammed, born to a powerful clan, rose in power with his creation of the "islam" faith and declared himself the sole prophet after the messages he said he received from God. Some historians believe these "messages" were visions he experienced as a result of one or more of his epilictic seizures. In Christianity, there are those who dispel the belief that Jesus was the son of God. Many believe he was more of a gentle philosopher who wander the lands spreading his concept of brotherhood and goodwill among those he met. The stories of miracles are dismissed as events added so that the "church" would maintain it's ever increasing power over the new Christians and spread their influence worldwide. The Knights Templar maintained that they possessed proof of this and that the bible was written, amended, edited, and included adjunct books to suit the times. Holy Wars and Jihads - I was going to list the Christian holy wars (not limited to the Crusades) and the Islamic jihads but this brief discussion would have turned into a multi volume tome Both Islam and Christianity have been willing to shed blood to increase their power base around the world and gain the following of more adherents and punish the non-believers. - this is a tie The main difference I see is the Judeo-Christian faiths, even most of their extremists - possibly excluding the Westboro Baptists, have progressed beyond blood wars while the Muslims tend to follow the dictates Mohammed calling for the extermination of non-believers. "We have 50 million Muslims in Europe. There are signs that Allah will grant Islam victory in Europe—without swords, without guns, without conquest—will turn it into a Muslim continent within a few decades." Muammar Gaddaf Because of this, as of 11/04/2015, the following world hotspots involve Muslims. Africa: Hot Spots: Central African Republic (often there are armed clashes between muslims and christians), Democrati Republic of Congo (war against rebel groups), Egypt (war against islamic militants of Islamic State branch), Libya (civil war), Mali (clashes between army and rebel groups), Nigeria (war against islamist militants), Somalia (war against al-Shabaab islamist militants), Sudan (war against rebel groups in Darfur), South Sudan (civil war) Asia: Hot Spots: Afghanistan (war against islamist militants), Burma-Myanmar (war against rebel groups), Pakistan (war against islamist militants), Philippines (war against islamist militants), Thailand (coup d’etat by army May 2014) Europe: Hot Spots: Chechnya (war against islamist militants), Dagestan (war against islamist militants), Ukraine (Secession of self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic and self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic) (Note - Sweden, Germany, Hungary, Greece and France are all dealing with the influx of Muslims and the resulting conflicts.) Middle East: Hot Spots: Iraq (war against Islamic State islamist militants), Israel (war against islamist militants in Gaza Strip), Syria (civil war), Yemen (war against and between islamist militants) Americas: Colombia (war against rebel groups), Mexico (war against narcotraffic groups) So what is my conclusion? Yes, I do have a reason to fear the encroaching Islamic ooze. Yes, I do have a reason to fear the conservative Judeo-Christian extremists. Yes, I most certainly have a reason to fear any group, religious or political, who attempt to further their agenda by usurping my right to choices. (1) The History of Jihad site is brought to you by a panel of contributors. This site is co-ordinated by Robin MacArthur with Mahomet Mostapha and Naim al Khoury, New Jersey. Other contributors to this site include professors and members of the faculty from the Universities of Stanford and Michigan (Ann Arbor), Kansas State University, Ohio State University, and the London School of Economics. 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